HUNTINGTON BEACH — A pledge drive for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan’s Tohoku region has been launched by the Japan Korea Society.
Established to promote camaraderie and cooperation between the Japanese and Korean communities in the U.S., the Japan Korea Society initiated the Japan Tohoku Great Earthquake Pledge Drive to aid in the restoration process. The target audience for the drive will be mainly the Japanese and Korean communities in the U.S.
“Japanese Americans and Korean Americans have long boasted a special relationship built on mutual trust and support,” said Hongsun Kim, Japan Korea Society president. “During the Korean War, many Japanese American soldiers shed their blood on the front line. Now in Korea there stands a memorial tower dedicated the sacrifice and commitment of those soldiers.”
He noted that the late Col. Young-Oak Kim, a leader of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, “helped save the lives of many Japanese American soldiers. Even after the war, Col. Kim made an important contribution to the Japanese community as one of the founders of Japanese American World War II veterans’ organization and the Japanese American National Museum.”
Hongsun Kim said, “In consideration of such a special bond between the two communities, we at Japan Korea Society encourage especially the Korean community as well as the Japanese community to express warm sentiments and neighborly love. As a Korean, I believe that we are the charitable and proud community that ‘helps first, helps more, and helps again.’
“We especially urge the Korean community to cooperate for this humanitarian cause as we are confident that the Japanese community will eagerly render its helping hand if a similar fate befalls Korea.”
Mail checks made payable to Japan Korea Society, with “Japanese Earthquake Funds” on the memo line, to: Japan Korea Society, 17556 Van Buren St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647.
Credit card donations can be made online at www.jksociety.org.
For cash donations, email [email protected] or call (714) 465-2112.
Donations are 100% tax-deductible and donation receipts will be issued for that purpose.